101 airborne combat patch
The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has demonstrated the characteristics of military
professionalism since the unit's activation Aug. 15, 1942.

On August 19, 1942, the first commander, Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, promised his new recruits
that the 101st has no history, but it has a "Rendezvous with Destiny."

As a division, the 101st has never failed that prophecy. During World War II, the 101st Airborne
Division led the way on D-Day in the night drop prior to the invasion. When surrounded at
Bastogne, Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe answered "NUTS!" and the Screaming Eagles fought on
until the siege was lifted. For their valiant efforts and heroic deeds during World War II, the 101st
Airborne Division was awarded four campaign streamers and two Presidential Unit Citations.

General Order Number Five, which gave birth to the division, reads, "The 101st Airborne
Division, activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, has no history, but it has a rendezvous with
destiny. Like the early American pioneers whose invincible courage was the foundation stone of
this nation, we have broken with the past and its traditions in order to establish our claim to the

"Due to the nature of our armament, and the tactics in which we shall perfect ourselves, we shall
be called upon to carry out operations of far-reaching military importance and we shall habitually
go into action when the need is immediate and extreme.

"Let me call you attention to the fact that our badge is the great American eagle. This is a fitting
emblem for a division that will crush its enemies by falling upon them like a thunderbolt from the

"The history we shall make, the record of high achievement we hope to write in the annals of the
American Army and the American people, depends wholly and completely on the men of this
division. Each individual, each officer and each enlisted man, must therefore regard himself as a
necessary part of a complex and powerful instrument for the overcoming of the enemies of the
nation. Each, in his own job, must realize that he is not only a means, but an indispensable means
for obtaining the goal of victory it is, therefore, not too much to say that the future itself, in
whose molding we expect to have our share, is in the hands of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne

The 101st Airborne Division was reactivated as a training unit at Camp Breckinridge, Ky, again in
1950. It was reactivated again in 1954 at Fort Jackson, S.C., and in March 1956, the 101st was
transferred, less personnel and equipment to
Fort Campbell, Ky, to be reorganized as a combat
101st Airborne Division
Screaming Eagles
History of Division
Email from Top (Fred Brander) to his men.